Three hurt in crash
A teenager who stole a car and crashed into another vehicle in which three people were badly injured has avoided detention.
But the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was warned that being given a community payback order was in his case an alternative to being locked up.
He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
The youth, from Annan, admitted stealing the car at Rigg in March, driving while holding only a provisional licence and not being accompanied by a qualified driver and without insurance.
He also admitted driving dangerously at up to 60mph on the Gretna to Annan road in Dornock and Annan, losing control and colliding with another vehicle.
■ A 57-year-old man found with heroin worth more than £5,000 in his home in Dumfries has been jailed for 16 months at the town’s sheriff court.
John Caldwell admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug at his home in Carrick Road in June.
The court was told that police raided the house following a tip-off and found the heroin in various wraps.
■ John Foster seemed to be every bit the answer to people’s searches for reasonably priced boilers when he took their orders on the phone.
They paid the price agreed for their “ideal” purchases and looked forward to the installation.
But the sheriff at Dumfries was told that in six cases the boilers never arrived – and neither did any cash refund.
Foster, of Crockett View, Laurieston, admitted stealing a total of £8,137 from six people at Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright between February 2013 and December 2015.
Solicitor Liz Dougan said Foster was thoroughly ashamed. He had been going through a stressful time and had let things get on top of him but had brought £500 to court to put forward as part-repayment.
Sheriff Brian Mohan told Foster: “I want these people repaid and I will defer sentence for three months and want something substantial done by then.”
■ Two of three men who appeared in court at Dumfries following a police probe into what was described as a six-figure theft from an OAP’s home in the town have been allowed bail.
Aaron Gemmell, and Conor Clark, both 23; and 51-year-old Colin Clark, all from Dumfries, made brief appearances separately in private before Sheriff Brian Mohan on charges of theft by housebreaking and all have now been fully committed.
Colin Clark, who also faced a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, was remanded in custody and the two others were allowed bail.
Further appearances have yet to be confirmed.
■ A 45-year-old woman is to face trial on charges involving behaving in a threatening manner in Lockerbie and struggling violently with police.
Lorna McGillivray, of LambhillTerrace, Lockerbie, pleaded not guilty to shouting and swearing and acting aggressively at her home on September 24 and resisting police.
She also denied breaching a bail condition not to communicate with another man and woman by shouting and swearing at them.
Trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court has been set for February.
■ A 33-year-old man who assaulted another in a pub has been fined £500 at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
Thomas Jardine, of Herries Avenue, Dumfries, was also ordered to pay compensation of £500 following the incident at the Hole I’the Wa’ in April.
He admitted running up behind the other man, jumping on his back and repeatedly punching him.
In addition he admitted behaving in a threatening manner, gesturing and struggling with others.
■ A 47-year-old man alleged to have carried out a course of conduct which alarmed an ex-partner is to face trial in December.
Mario Perrone, of Academy Street, Ecclefechan, pleaded not guilty to repeatedly sending text and video messages, and making telephone calls between September 11 and 25 knowing that the woman did not want to be in contact with him.
It’s alleged that he repeatedly tried to speak to her on the A74, at its junction with the B7076 road, opened the door of a car in which she was travelling, tried to kiss her, slammed the door shut and sent messages of him taking medication.
He also denied a charge of driving carelessly at Ecclefechan in an erratic manner and causing the wheels to spin, stopping suddenly and blocking the road.
Trial was set for December at Dumfries Sheriff Court and in the meantime he was banned from entering Meadowfoot Garden, in Ecclefechan.